Orange chili? Yes please!

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There’s really not much to say here except YUM! After searching my cookbooks futilely yesterday for a couscous recipe that didn’t require a trip to the store, I set my sights on something else. I still had several links of “sausage” left in the freezer, and thought it might be fun to scare up a recipe to use them in.

Enter my old friend, Vegan Planet! As I often enthuse to anyone who will listen, it was the first 100% vegan cookbook I acquired, and the book that started my ongoing love affair with the recipes of Robin Robertson. Thus far, I haven’t had a miss with one of her recipes. I love them, my family loves them, and she’s compiled so many collections that there’s always something new to try.

Speaking of, I decided on “Orange and Thyme-Scented White Bean and ‘Sausage’ Chili”, since it sounded unusual and is a bit of a departure from the chilis I’m used to making. Usually I go for a standard veggie-and-bean chili with enough seasoning to melt your lips off. This recipe called for beans and veggies, too, but also for chopped faux sausage and, of all things, orange juice!

Dudes, it was awesome. The flavor combination isn’t one I ever would have thought to try myself and, as usual whenever I come across a recipe like that, I’m kicking myself for not being more adventurous with my own recipes.

Mmmm, orange.

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About the Author:

Sam has been eating a plant-based diet since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of plant-based food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a former member of Toastmasters International and was awarded a Competent Communicator designation for public speaking. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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  1. Noelle  June 1, 2010

    Looks VERY tasty!

  2. nyomomma  June 5, 2010

    That looks delicious. It’s always fun to experiment in the kitchen.

    I’ve used oranges in my chili before (I’ve experimented with lemons and limes too both delicious) looking at your picture makes me want to make chili. I haven’t made it in a little while.

    Vegan Planet is a great cookbook; I never really cooked out of it. I just like buying Vegan cookbooks and reading them, lol. Another great author is Passionate Vegetarian. The book is huge! Crescent Dragonwagon is quite the storyteller, I love reading the stories that accompany her recipes

    • Sam  June 5, 2010

      I’ve decided that I’m going to be adventurous this summer and try recipes I’ve never made before, especially ones with unusual flavor combinations!

      I love Vegan Planet and Robin Robertson in general. I can’t remember ever having a recipe of hers flop…which is good, since I’m usually cooking for my mom and brother as well as myself! Hehe. 🙂

  3. souldiaries  June 12, 2010

    just made a veg chilli and used orange juice in it because it was lying around and it turned out soooo delicious, and then i found this recipe hehe, necessity is sometimes the mother of all inventions. i know honey isnt vegan, but adding something sweet to the mix with orange juice is also a winner with the chilli too.
    loving all these recipe..yum, thanks

    • Sam  June 12, 2010

      I have a bottle of agave nectar hanging around, and I imagine that a small amount of that in a very spicy chili could be tasty!

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